"Anharmonium" by TeZ (Maurizio Martinucci), is an immersive installation and performance that investigates spatial awareness via light reflections of water waves. Ultrasonic sound make water in small basins vibrate, and laser beams project the wave patterns onto the walls and ceiling of the V2_ space.


Credits: Maurizio Martinucci (a.k.a. TeZ)

The subtle fluctuations that emerge from vibrational phenomena, and the interference patterns within a sonically activated fluid illuminated by laser emissions forge an augmented meditative space, a psycho-physical or spectral observatory.

In nature, modal phenomena occur as interactions between diverse oscillating systems, producing mutual perturbations and deviations from pseudo-linear behaviors imposed by gravitational and electromagnetic parameters. The interferential and resonant modes produced by intermingling forces reveal the immense morphological range of matter set into motion. Only a small bandwidth of this range falls within the sensorial envelope of ordinary perception.

Laser spectroscopy is adopted in scientific research to examine the precise energy states and electron dynamics of any molecule whose reaction to light is of interest. In Anharmonium, three specially constructed transducers sonicate concave mirrors, containing purified water.   

The ultrasonics emitted by the transducers are modulated by low and infrasonic frequencies. The mirrors are targeted by individual laser beams of different wavelengths, from blue-violet and green to red tonalities. Laser reflections from the mirrors, diffracted by the water's kinetic surface, intertwine in a magnified projection that enfolds the observer.

The acoustic modulations, initially performed at inaudible frequencies for generating dynamic fluid motion, are further processed and diffused as an ambisonically spatialized generative composition via a 4.1 surround speaker configuration.

Complementing the installation is a laser-engraved diagram by artist-engineer, John Worrell Keely (1827-1898), a free energy pioneer who invented hundreds of prototypes of sound and ether driven engines. Complex associations between atomic vibrations and photonic emissions are illustrated, hinting to meta-science as a source of evolutionary cosmic unraveling.

In the live performance version of Anharmonium different techniques than in the installation are adopted in terms of lighting and fluid dynamics. While in the latter low frequencies activate the formation of long wavelength patterns, in the live execution a specific ultrasonic transducer allows the creation of very high-resolution arrangements of standing waves on the surface of the liquid, finely shaped by the audible frequencies of the ambisonics composition. The effect is enhanced by a focused beam from a scanning white laser whose spectrum is ultimately fragmented by the fluid motion in a myriad of vibrating gradients.


Anharmonium was performed by TeZ during the Perform! event at V2_, on December 2, 2010.


TeZ on Anharmonium (2010) from V2_ on Vimeo.

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